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What are students saying about their math learning? Ask them.

by Sue Chapman & Mary Mitchell, Math Solutions Authors
June 16th, 2020

Peek into a math classroom, virtual or physical. What are students doing and saying about their math learning? Are they engaged? Are they thinking critically – evaluating solutions assessing their understanding, revising their strategies, explaining concepts, and connecting mathematics to real life? Excerpt from Learning Forward, June 2020, Vol. 41, No 3 by Sue Chapman…



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Why We Celebrate Pi Day

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
March 11th, 2020

Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape many learn in childhood, and can be observed in nature in pinecones, apples, oranges, the cornea…



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Encouraging Math Talk in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
January 17th, 2020

Why is it that engaging preschool and kindergarten students in talking about their mathematical ideas is considered such an important key to fostering the development of early math skills? What is gained by devoting valuable time and effort into classroom discussions about math, and how can teachers set the stage for lively and meaningful math…



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The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Rusty Bresser, Author, Math Solutions
October 18th, 2019

Many educators share the misconception that because it uses symbols, mathematics is not associated with any language or culture and is ideal for facilitating the transition of recent immigrant students into English instruction. To the contrary, language plays an important role in learning mathematics. Teachers use language to explain mathematical concepts and carry out math procedures.…



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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat on the Power of Math Stories

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 28th, 2019

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat of 2019 Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.   Nikki La Londe, Director of Professional Learning, and Nicole Bridge, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how our personal math stories affect…



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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…



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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
December 12th, 2018

The task of counting may seem simple, but as Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado point out in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math, (Math Solutions, 2012), there is an important distinction between the rote or automatic counting that young children start with, and the eventual formulation of a deeper cognitive connection to the meaning of the…



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Coaching: The Answer to the Implementation Dip

by Dr. Sue Chapman, Author, Math Solutions
December 07th, 2018

Educators know what a good mathematics classroom looks like (see the Math Solutions Instructional Practices Inventory) and we want to provide this type of learning environment for every one of our students. Unfortunately, implementation of research-based instructional practices across all mathematics classrooms has proven challenging. This is due, in part, to a phenomenon known as…



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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat 11/7

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 06th, 2018

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for a special  #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat co-hosted with Learning Forward on Wednesday, November 7th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how we support teachers’ mathematical identities…



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Growing Mathematical Ideas in Kindergarten

by Linda Schulman Dacey and Rebeka Eston, Math Solutions Authors
October 30th, 2018

Kindergarten is an important beginning. It can be the positive start of a child’s lifelong exploration of mathematical ideas or it can lay the first stones in what can become an impenetrable wall between “real math” and “school math.” In Growing Mathematical Ideas in Kindergarten, Linda and Rebeka present their vision of a kindergarten classroom…



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